Look, I've written this before, a couple of times. I do not think Rowlett "officialdom" is stupid. I never said they were. What I have said is that they are inexperienced in real estate development. In other words, incompetent in real estate matters. Now, this includes the "business" of real estate. You can be an expert in building design, but still design a unit that is not marketable because of high cost, or missing the market and designing the wrong product. The best building design in the world is a failure if it costs too much and won't sell or rent because the rents are too high. That's part of what happened at The Harbor. But, they had some design flaws, also. Say, parking.
I think our people try, but they just aren't good at it. It takes more than reading books or attending seminars. As I have said many times before, a doctor is smart, but he can't fly a Boeing 747. It's experience and training, people. Desire ain't good enough. Everybody knows a camel is a thoroughbred designed by committee. Ours is designed by a cast of thousands.......or maybe dozens that talk, grin and write gobblygook like thousands.
The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight comes to mind. (There, I did it again. Sorry, Mr. Todd.)